The Golden Triangle of India.


  • India’s Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
  • The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on a map.
  • The trips usually starts in Delhi moving south to the site of Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan.
  • It is normally possible to do the trip by coach or private journey through most tour operators.
  • The Golden Triangle is now a well traveled route providing a good spectrum of the country’s different landscapes.
  • The circuit is about 720 km by road. Each leg is about 4 to 6 hours of drive. The Shatabdi express train also connects Delhi with Agra and Jaipur.
  • India’s Golden TriangleGolden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country’s north-west – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good road and rail links.
  • This triangle has been dubbed “golden” for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendour on offer in each of the three cities.
  • Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to some of Asia’s best bazaars. You could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, and not see it all, while Agra, once the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal, which adorns the banks of the Yamuna river.
  • The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India, if you’ve never been to the subcontinent before, start here.
    For all its dirt, traffic and crowds, the Indian capital is a remarkably amiable entry-point to the nation.
  • Guidebooks prognosticate gloomily about the culture shock and hassle factor, but all but the most sensitive souls are likely to find a first visit more inspiring than shocking or maddening.
  • Delhi is a megalopolis on the up, the population is young, the economy is dynamic and yet the cultural roots are holding firm. Delhi’s chief “sight” is its street life.
  • The teeming bazaars of imagination lie in “Old” Delhi, the city of the Moghuls, established in the 17th century and still largely Muslim, the immense Jama Masjid dominates the quarter.
  • Its main thoroughfare, the tumultuous Chandni Chowk, abuts the Red Fort, whose pristine lawns and lofty Moghul audience halls offer a tranquil haven.
  • To the south, British-built New Delhi is a fascinating contrast, radiating out from the boutiques and cafés of Connaught Place here, the dusty alleys are replaced by broad, arrow-straight boulevards and four-square monuments.
  • The imperial mall, Rajpath, leads to the mighty arch of India Gate, designed by Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s, and now the focus of New Delhi’s passeggiata. Delhi, being such a large and diverse city, absorbs its tourists with ease.
  • Agra and Jaipur both have sizeable numbers of Western tourists roaming around.  Jaipur, as capital of Rajasthan, has a role as a commercial and administrative centre that has nothing to do with tourism, and a population of 2.5m.
  • The city’s alluringly frenetic old quarter is known as the Pink City after its red-washed buildings, packed with stalls selling everything from silk to milk.
  • Jaipur’s numerous monuments, the Hawa Mahal – an ornate five-storey façade, designed to allow the women of the royal household to observe the street in anonymity – has become an icon of Rajasthani architecture.
  • Dozens of companies offer itineraries centred on the Golden Triangle, from a few days in Delhi up to lengthy multi-centre itineraries, which often include tiger-watching and other diversions.

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